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21 May 2013 - United Nations - Appointment of Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for Mali and for Côte d’Ivoire

Statement by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson



Appointment of Mr. Albert Gerard Koenders as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali


France welcomes the appointment of Mr. Albert Gerard Koenders as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Mali.

As the former Dutch minister for development cooperation and head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire since 2011, Mr. Koenders has the international experience and determination that will enable him to effectively support efforts to resolve the crisis in Mali. He will be able to count on France’s support in his role as head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

The UN Mission in Mali reflects the international community’s close involvement in the process to ensure the country’s stability and democracy, to which France is strongly committed.

Without waiting for MINUSMA’s deployment, scheduled for July 1, Mr. Koenders will swiftly assume his duties in order, through his good offices, to support efforts to re-establish the authority of the Malian state throughout the territory, to support the national reconciliation and dialogue process and the holding of free, fair and transparent elections.

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Appointment of Ms. Aïchatou Mindaoudou Souleymane as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire


France welcomes the appointment of Ms. Aïchatou Mindaoudou Souleymane as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), replacing Mr. Albert Gerard Koenders.

We welcome this choice which will allow UNOCI to benefit from Ms. Mindaoudou’s experience and excellent skills. Ms. Mindaoudou, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger, has until now been serving as Joint Special Representative (Political) for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

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